Quezon town targets forced relocation of residents

February 22, 2012 10:44 am 

LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Feb. 22 — The municipal government of Real town, this province, is targeting a permanent relocation site for residents living in landslide and flood-prone areas.

Mayor Joel Diestro said the municipal council has yet to approve the proposed site, but local authorities are considering the “forced” relocation of residents.

“Ang implementation dito mahirap kasi ‘yung mga tao ayaw makinig eh. Dapat forced relocation,” Diestro said.

He said that based on the geohazard map of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), almost all of Real is marked in red, which means that almost all areas are prone to landslides.

Diestro said that non-stop rains last Monday triggered another landslide in Real, leaving one unidentified person dead.

The Real Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (MDRRMC) said the victim’s body was found floating in a river in Barangay Tignoan, he said.

According to the mayor, landslides are not new to residents of Real, citing a severe landslide that hit Real town in 2004. (PNA)

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